American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Midwestern & Western U.S. A noisy mock serenade for newlyweds. Also called regionally charivari, belling, horning, serenade.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A corruption of charivari.
- To salute with a mock serenade.
- n. The noisy banging of pots and pans as a mock serenade to a newly married couple, or similar occasion.
- n. Any loud cacophonous noise or hubbub.
- n. a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple
- French charivari (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of charivari. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word shivaree is especially common along and west of the Mississippi River.”
“Right, but I did once read that Sugaree per Lizabeth Cotton (Cotten?) was dervied ultimately from shivaree which is I believe an south asian or middle eastern word?”
“It became a custom, in anticipation of a "shivaree," to send round word to Mrs. Ferris not to be afraid, the shooting was all in fun.”
“Well, anyway, when Bill and the girl got married, the boys came to 'shivaree' them.”
“I came to tell you that there's a scheme to raise -- to 'shivaree' you two, tonight.”
“So in blind desperation I started such a rattling 'shivaree' down below as never had astounded an engineer in this world before, I fancy.”
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“The party ends, and we go back to the farm, but not to bed, for we children are going to do a shivaree on Mr. Clayton and Miss McEwing.”
“Do you think somebody is already giving them a shivaree?”
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